Each year, I like to reminisce a bit about the things that tickled my tummy and delighted my palate while I dined out around Nashville and the cities to which I traveled over the last 12 months. Normally there are two posts: one to cover drinks and the other, food.
Since I was pregnant for more than half of 2011, I found that there really wasn’t enough imbibing going on to create a full blog post this time around. So for 2011, I’ve combined them both and made a Top 13 list that encompasses both food & drink.
Many of the dishes I’ve highlighted were standouts of a full meal I enjoyed at a given restaurant or items I’ve gone back and ordered again and again. You know those foods you eat and then aren’t able to get out of your mind? That’s these.
However, a couple of the featured are ranked for the full meal experience, because I was so blown away by several aspects that I couldn’t narrow it down to specifics. To read more about why I’ve picked each, just click on the links provided. Hopefully you’ve already had a chance to enjoy some of these yourself, but if not, be sure to make it a point to do so in 2012!
Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
The Mickey Finn
Cream Corn Brulee, Black Kale Salad, Bubbles and Squeak
(on my list to try this year: house made bacon!)
Belly Ham Pizza
(but those shrimp n grits pictured above might be the best EVER!)
Crispy Squash Blossoms and Fried Green Tomatoes
Tomato Tarte Tatin with tapenade and fromage blanc
Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar